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The Michiana Guide to Dental Implant Restorations

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South Bend summers bring plenty of opportunities for memorable moments. You can take a swim in Lake Michigan. You can catch a South Bend Cubs game. Or you can take a short road trip to Cedar Point or Six Flags Great America.

No matter what you do, the camera is likely to come out at some point. What do you do? Are you embarrassed to smile because your missing teeth make you look unattractive or unintelligent? That’s a sad truth to living with missing teeth, but the bummer caused by missing teeth doesn’t end there.

Think about your favorite summer foods. Maybe you want to grab a snack for the South Bend Chocolate Company and walk along the riverwalk. Maybe you want to grab a corn beef sandwich at a restaurant on Eddy Street Commons. No matter what you want to eat, missing teeth can make it difficult or even painful to eat your favorite foods.

But you don’t have to live with missing teeth anymore! At Tulip Tree Dental Care in South Bend, IN, we offer the ultimate solution for missing teeth: dental implant restorations. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you about how dental implants can change both your smile and your life. Let’s get started!

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. A dental implant is surgically embedded into your gums where it actually fuses with your jawbone. Once your dental implant has healed, we top it with an incredibly lifelike restoration to fill the gap in your smile.

Dental implant restorations can serve a variety of purposes. We can top a dental implant with a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth. If you’re missing several teeth in a row, we can use your dental implant to install a permanent dental bridge. We can even replace all of your teeth with implant-retained or implant-supported dentures!

Implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures are used to replace either a full arch of your teeth, or both arches of your teeth. Both implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures are removable like traditional dentures. However, they are securely anchored into your moth with either a ball-and-socket system or bar-and-clasp system. That means no more dentures adhesives or creams to worry about!

Placement of Dental Implants

Your dental implants will be placed by an oral surgeon. Your mouth is numbed during the process to prevent any discomfort, and sedation is generally available if you’re nervous about the procedure. Your dental implant will be placed so it can fuse with your jawbone and create an incredibly strong foundation for your restoration.

After your dental implants have healed, you’ll return to our office. We then place the restoration on your dental implant. Our restorations are all designed and produced using industry-leading materials for a permanent tooth replacement that is both beautiful and completely functional.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

We often recommend dental implants to our patients with missing teeth because they are stronger and longer-lasting than other restorations such as dental bridges or partial dentures. Not only do they last for decades, dental implants are the only dental restoration that can restore almost all of your chewing ability.

Dental implants are also the only dental restoration that prevents the deterioration of your jawbone. When you’re missing a tooth, your tooth socket is also empty. This vacancy allows your remaining teeth to shift and loosen, so your jawbone actually begins to shrink in order to compensate. This one missing tooth can lead to several missing teeth and a shrunken jawbone.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you curious to learn if dental implants are right for you? Then schedule an appointment at Tulip Tree Dental Care in South Bend, IN. Dr. Hurcomb can help evaluate if your overall health and oral health make you a good candidate for dental implants. To schedule your consultation, you can contact our office by filling out this online form or calling us directly at 574-208-5668.

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